HIST 368 Saints and Society in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages
This course explores the place of Christian saints in the society and culture of the late Roman and medieval worlds. It analyzes changing ideals of sanctity and their relationship to broader social, religious and cultural developments. It also focuses on the varied functions of saints in society — as healers of physical ills, solvers of social problems, and symbols of political and religious "causes." Emphasis throughout is on the close relationship of religious ideals, ecclesiastical and secular politics, and social and cultural change. The course is a seminar with emphasis on reading, class participation, and papers.
(Credit, full course.) Ridyard